The French do not wash … So discovers pollster BVA …

                              As recently as the 1960s a large number of apartments in Paris did not have a bathroom or toilet. They had a washbasin in the kitchen for washing themselves down and the toilet was a communal one on the landing. […]

French artist Edgar Degas’s ‘Woman seated on the edge of the bath sponging her neck. 1880.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As recently as the 1960s a large number of apartments in Paris did not have a bathroom or toilet. They had a washbasin in the kitchen for washing themselves down and the toilet was a communal one on the landing. Many of those toilets were also in the Turkish style – hole in the floor.   Some bistros (cafés) and restaurants also had hole-in-the-floor toilets.

But these days things have changed.

Or have they?

Well, the apartments (a majority of them) do now have bathrooms and toilets, but according to a survey undertaken by BVA for the hygiene product company Tork the French are not keen to shower or bath, even to wash their hands when they ought to.

The survey revealed that here in France:

20% of the French do not shower every day; they shower every second day.

3.5% of the French shower just once a week.

11.5% of the French shower several times daily.

As for the rest, they do not shower at all.

Do they therefore have a bath instead?

61% of the French do have baths but not frequently.

18% of the French, more women than men (71.7% women) have a bath once a week.

As for the rest, they either shower or do not wash at all.

French artist Gustave Caillebotte’s ‘Man at his bath’.1884.

Do they wash their hands ever?

43% of the French wash their hands before they sit down at table for a meal.

However, 86.6% of the French said that they always wash their hands before preparing food.

The survey also revealed that the French are not so keen about cleaning their toilets.

34.6% clean their toilets every day.

19% clean their toilets every second day.

26.4% clean their toilets once a week.

Of those who clean their toilets every day 58.7% are aged over 65. Older folk therefore are cleaner when it comes to the toilet than the young ones.

 

 

Do the French wash their hands after they’ve been to the toilet?

12.5% said that they did not.

21.4 % said that they washed their hands at least 10 times daily. And they did so with soap.

Edgar Degas’s ‘Woman in tub’. 1886

BVA questioned 1000 French people from all walks of life.

What I would like to know is: Who needs to bath when one’s got Chanel No. 5?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

3 Responses to “The French do not wash … So discovers pollster BVA …”

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    Marilyn Z. Tomlins Says:

    Sure

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    Alex Lieban Says:

    I am from Texas and here we bathe once a month whether we need it or not. I would clean the toilet as well but I have no hose that will reach that far out into the pasture.

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    Charmaine Howard Says:

    Interesting article Marilyn………..I’m glad water is cheaper than Chanel No.5, because living in Africa I definitely need more than Chanel No. 5…..August winds and dust and the heat of summer one could quickly lose friends without a daily bath or shower.

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